Welcome to the Fire Engineering Fire Dynamics topic center, the industry's most trusted resource for information on fire behavior, dynamic fire events, and the latest fire-related research. Recognizing these events is critical to successful firefighting operations and here firefighters will find what they need to know regarding best practices, personal protective equipment, and the latest science and technology to survive these forces on the fireground.

Firefighters Battle Wind-Driven Paterson (NJ) Fire

April 21, 2014

Easter morning was disrupted in Paterson, New Jersey, by a fast-moving fire on Totowa Avenue that left 11 people homeless.

Firefighters Battle Six-Alarm Cambridge (MA) Fire

April 17, 2014

Firefighters battled an overnight fire that went to six alarms at an apartment complex.

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Partners with NIST, FDNY for New Online Training Program

April 15, 2014

UL FSRI announced the release of "Scientific Research for the Development of More Effective Tactics"--a free online course that serves as a culmination of the full-scale field experiments performed on Governors Island by the Fire Department of New York, NIST, and UL.

CSB Releases Analysis of Rupture and Hydrogen Blast in 2009 Silver Eagle Refinery Accident

April 12, 2014

A massive explosion and fire at the Silver Eagle Refinery on November 4, 2009, in Woods Cross, Utah, which damaged homes in a nearby neighborhood, was caused by a rupture in a pipe that had become dangerously thin from corrosion, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reported today.

FDIC 2014: Steve Kerber of UL

April 11, 2014

Steve Kerber of Underwriters Laboratories, this year's winner of the George D. Post/Fire Engineering Instructor of the Year Award, will be discussing fire dynamics and research during today's FDIC 2014 live Google Hangout.

Lt. Gregory Pickard Posthumously Awarded 2014 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award

April 9, 2014

Lt. Gregory Pickard, of the Bryan (TX) Fire Department, who died of the burn injuries he incurred while attempting to rescue a fellow firefighter in a fire in a social hall, was named the winner of the 2014 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award. Lt. Pickard was part of the rapid intervention team.

San Jose Fire Destroys Three Homes

April 8, 2014

Firefighters poured water from every angle, in an effort to put out a fire that burned three homes in San Jose.


Ventilation Flow Paths and Fire Growth: A Review of Recent LODDs

April 8, 2014

FDIC 2014: Riley, Schultz on Fireground Red Flags

April 7, 2014

Students in Monday’s FDIC 2014 workshop “Company Officer Development: Red Flags on the Fireground,” were taught how to identify “red flags” on the fireground that indicated impending danger or risk.

Search Drill, Part 2 - Micro Search

April 4, 2014

In Part 2 of this two-part series on search drills, Samuel Hittle offers this Traditions Training drill regarding micro search functions.